Honda had earlier announced the introduction of four new models in India by 2014 as part of its expansion plans. Reincarnation of the Honda Jazz, which was discontinued due to poor sales, is slated as part of this plan. The Jazz is expected to be unveiled during the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show scheduled for November 22. Following the news of the unveiling, new details of the car have emerged along with a speculative rendering of the vehicle.
The new Honda Jazz is expected to be longer than its previous generation sibling as an effort to provide more space and comfort. The overall length of the car is speculated to be 3.96m which is 60mm longer than the old car. The car is also expected to have a class-leading 400litre boot space and a slightly extended wheelbase of 2.58m.
In India the Jazz will most likely be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol mill and the new 1.5-litre diesel engine found under the hood of the Amaze sedan. The global variant known as the Fit in the US market will get an engine range consisting of 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre petrol units besides the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. As a B+ segment car the Jazz will be placed as a direct rival to Hyundai’s i20 hatchback.
Honda also plan to bring to India a Brio based MPV, the new generation City and an all new compact SUV by 2015. These new models clubbed with the current successful models like the Amaze and the Brio, Honda India are planning a raid on the Maruti-Suzuki market share. But production limitations will be a major issue for Honda if they are to reach out to the masses in terms of automotive sales. In April Honda had announced an investment of Rs 2500 crore at their new assembly line in Tapukara plant to increase the company’s Total Installed Annual Production capacity in India to 2,40,000 units. Honda will need to further enhance localised manufacturing to ensure the prices of the new models are kept in check and compete with their rivals.